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June 18 – June 23

The Native Education Forum is a six day summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students will gain university classroom experience, earn one academic credit, research issues critical to Native American/Indigenous communities, and get valuable assistance from professionals in the university application process.

While on campus, students will have the chance to interact with university faculty, staff and current students as they discuss and evaluate important issues that affect indigenous communities


Apply by April 30, 2018

Application Requirements & Deadline

Who should apply?

Students finishing their sophomore or junior years in high school (class of 2019 or 2020) with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher and interest in Native American and Indigenous issues. Strong applicants demonstrate involvement and leadership roles within school, family, or community activities.

When to apply?

The deadline for submitting the NEF application, official high school transcript, and letter for recommendation is Monday, April 30, 2018. 

Benefits of NEF

  • Explore Native American/Indigenous issues
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Earn one college credit
  • Work with CSU faculty, staff and students
  • Live and work for five days on a university campus
  • Strengthen your college/university application
  • Improve your academic research skills

Partnership Award Eligibility

Earn a scholarship

Students who participate in the 2018 Native Education Forum and are admitted as freshmen to Colorado State University with a high school cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher, and meet specific course requirements may be eligible to receive the Partnership Award. Funds for this award are disbursed over four years of continuous enrollment at Colorado State University. Please contact, Assistant Director, Leslee Lovato.

Cost and Housing Details

There is no cost to attend this program. Non-resident students are responsible for their transportation costs.

Students will be housed in the Colorado State University Residence Halls.


Questions about the program and the application process can be emailed to Adm_summerprograms@colostate.edu.

Submit Your Application

Apply by Monday, April 30 for NEF 2018.